In order to boost the education of the minority community, a high-level committee formed by the Central Government met on 25 January 2017 to look into the modalities of setting up five universities in different parts of the country.
Now the members of the committee are looking into the matter whether the proposed institutes will be tagged minority or not. Also, the committee will decide whether or not 40 percent reservation of the seats should be provided for girl students.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minority Affairs Minister who chaired the meeting said that the proposed institutes would impact the education of students belonging from both the minority and non-minority communities. The Government is keen to start the work related to these institutes within the next three-four months. These institutes would be completely autonomous.
The minister had earlier said that the character of these institutes would not be completely devoted to the minority communities. He also said that about 40 to 50 percent seats of these institutes would be reserved for the girl students so that they are also empowered in education. The experts will discuss the issues from the different perspectives.
The minister also suggested that to start Garib Nawaz skill development centres in the campuses of the Institute. The matter will further be discussed with University Grant Commission. Several states like Haryana and Rajasthan have already offered land for establishing such centres in their states.
The committee that was formed in December 2016 is supposed to submit its report within next two- three months to Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF). The foundation comes under the ambit of Minority Affairs Ministry. Afzal Amanullah, the Former secretary to Government of India, is the convener of the committee.